Testosterone is one of the most important male hormones. All males start producing this hormone just seven weeks after they are first conceived! Testosterone levels won’t start to peak until their late teens, and eventually leveling off once they hit adulthood. But, once men hit 30, their testosterone levels begin to decrease, year by year. Sometimes, men don’t create enough testosterone and this can result in low testosterone.
Most men are well aware that testosterone is a driving factor behind their sex drive, and all things muscle and work out related. But what most also don’t realize is that testosterone is critical for their brain health too. Doctors have been able to prove the link between testosterone and having healthy brain function. When testosterone levels fall below the normal range, which is 300-1000, doctors are able to see the effects it has on the male brain.
Low testosterone can cause a range of effect including erectile dysfunction, low energy, loss of muscle mass, and low bone density. When testosterone levels become low in a man’s body, it can also impact their brain function negatively and the brain begins to suffer.
While it is unavoidable, all body functions will eventually decrease with time as you age. Memory is a big one. As you age, you learn slower and overtime your memory can fail. While some memory issues can attributed to dementia, cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s – doctors say that low testosterone levels can be the cause of cognitive decline.
Studies done have even shown that low testosterone levels can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s in men. Low testosterone has also been associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.
Low testosterone can make concentration difficult and reduce a man’s self confidence. Low testosterone has even been linked to depression. Studies have shown that men who suffer from depression were found to have testosterone levels that were 20% lower than normal.
While low testosterone can cause negative effects in the brain, on the opposite end, higher testosterone levels can greatly benefit men. One study found that when men had higher levels of testosterone, they were able to preserve more of their brain tissue later in life. Along with this, having higher testosterone levels can improve cognitive ability in men that are aging.
With testosterone it’s all about having your levels be just right. Too much or too little testosterone can cause problems, which can result in decreased cognitive function. So the key to testosterone is balance.
New research has also shown that testosterone can help to not only improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s but also reduce the risk of stroke in men.
The good news is this imbalance is easily correctable due to advances in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Ultimately, getting older is mandatory, but feeling older is optional.
At ThriveMD, we do a thorough blood panel to determine not only what your levels are, but also how they are working within your body. This allows us to determine any imbalances or insufficiencies that you may be experiencing and can also rule out any other potential underlying conditions that may be affecting your hormones. Our practitioners use a tailored approach to male hormone replacement therapy, bringing your levels within an optimal range that helps to reduce or to eliminate your symptoms.
Next, our practitioner will customize a treatment plan, based on your test results, to restore your hormonal balance. We also support your Testosterone Replacement Therapy with a fitness regimen and a nutrition program developed by our on-site nutritionist. Our integrative approach will help you to restore and maintain your energy levels and obtain an overall sense of well-being.